Job Outlook

Physical therapists work in private practice, outpatient rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, home health care services and nursing care facilities. Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increasing elderly population will drive growth, as will changes to restrictions on the reimbursement of physical therapy services. Recent changes to health care and insurance regulations are expected to generate millions of new patients seeking physical therapy. Studies by both the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal show physical therapists achieve some of the highest levels of job satisfaction in the country.

Physical therapists report the second highest levels of job satisfaction in the country, according to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

Student Outcomes

Elon University and the School of Health Sciences are committed to the professional success of all physical therapy students and graduates. That success is measured through a variety of different methods. Program evaluation includes graduation rates, licensure examination pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination as provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and employment placement.

Student Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for the classes of 2017 to 2018 is 100 percent.


The total percent of graduates who passed the National Physical Therapy Examination from 2017 to 2018 is 100 percent. The first time pass rate for the Class of 2018 is 93.5 percent.

Employment Placement

100 percent of Elon’s recent graduates (Classes of 2017-2018) are employed within one year of passing the licensure examination.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Elon University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 336-278-6400 or email